Olly Murs wrote this song after he was pictured in The Sun newspaper kissing a girl.
He told The Sun in a December 2016 interview "It was my fault. I got caught kissing a girl last year in London after X Factor in a nightclub and that was put in the paper."
"I have obviously been out partying this year, I was with this girl," he continued. "We were just chatting and she was trying to kiss me, trying to get my attention. In the lyrics of Private I allude to the fact that I don't do public displays of affection because I have been there and it doesn't work for me."
"If you want me to take you somewhere private, then we can kiss and do all that sort of stuff," Murs concluded.