Lambert explained the inspration for the song to Billboard
magazine: "It's about the downside of vulnerability, the detriment to people feeling entitled of your story," she said. "I got asked during the week of the Grammys about how I got through my rape in the same breath as what Madonna wore, and it was on live television. I was like, 'This is so unkind.' I was also introspectively saying, 'OK, I've talked openly about this, this is in my bio. Did I bring this on myself? Did I do this?' Because this is the nature of the business, I'm not gonna f---ing take this lying down."
"Maybe part of my job in this setting is to be somewhat of an educator, Lambert continued. "I'm like, 'OK, I can do that.' I was going to be a teacher. I was applying to graduate school when I got the call to do 'Same Love
,' actually. I was gonna go to Boston University for my masters in teaching. I live in Massachusetts now, so it feels halfway there."