Speaking during an interview with The SpinOff
Lorde explained how this song became a cathartic ode for the heartbreak she felt after breaking up with her longtime boyfriend:
"I felt the way I used to feel when I made music as a kid and it felt like I could cry because it's such a relief to get out how you're feeling for the first time. I remember being like 'Oh my God'. It was such gratitude for the process. I was like, 'My outlet!'"