Album: Phoenix (2018)
Charted: 8 76

Songfacts®:

  • Liam Payne teams up with Rita Ora for this love song recorded as the lead single for the Fifty Shades Freed movie. Ora also reprises her role as Christian Grey's sister Mia in this third installment of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.
  • This was the second year in a row that a former One Direction member duetted with a solo female pop artist on a Fifty Shades soundtrack lead single. In 2017, Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik released "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" ahead of the second movie in the franchise, Fifty Shades Darker.
  • The song was written by Ali Payami (Taylor Swift's "...Ready For It?," The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face"), Ali Tamposi (Kelly Clarkson's "What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)," DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber's "Let Me Love You") and Andrew Watt (Kygo featuring Selina Gomez's "It Ain't Me," Camila Cabello's "Havana").
  • Liam Payne split from the mother of his child, Cheryl Cole, shortly after recording this song. He suggested to Closer magazine the steamy duet was the tipping point in their separation.

    "(My duet with Rita) didn't do very much for my personal life," Payne said, but insisted he doesn't regret recording the song, adding, "Yeah, no, it was good."
  • As well as being included on the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack, the song can also be found on Rita Ora's Phoenix and Liam Payne's LP1 albums.

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