Tate McRae wrote the anguished lyrics despite never having personally experienced heartbreak. She recalled to Billboard
that she penned it during her last in-person writing session before the COVID pandemic hit.
"I was in an emotional mood that day but had a lot of ideas going through my head," McRae added. "I had written down: 'I don't really care how bad it hurts because you broke me first,' and shaped it into a toxic relationship story. I took experiences from multiple people, friendships and any feelings I've had in the past. The crazy part is that I've never been in a relationship or had my heart broken."