Marx wrote this song about his wife-at-the-time, the actress Cynthia Rhodes. Marx first met Rhodes on the set of the 1983 movie Staying Alive
. They began dating a few years later, got married in 1989, and had three sons together before splitting up in 2014. Some of her other credits include the movies Flashdance
and Dirty Dancing
, and she was for a time a singer in the group Animotion. In our 2012 interview with Richard Marx
, he said of this song: "It's really personal. Even though it became very universal, every line in that song is about me and Cynthia. It's about me and my wife. It's as if I sat down and wrote her a letter and just happened to put it to music."