The song lyrically seemingly captures the anxiety-filled limbo stage between casually dating someone and making the relationship exclusive and official.
According to the 26-year-old singer, the new song is about love trust and the fear of commitment.
“I feel like this song captures a common theme in the lives of so many people i know!” Ariana wrote on Twitter in response to a fan who asked about the song’s inspiration.
“People want to feel love but don’t want to define their relationship & have trouble fully committing or trusting or allowing themselves to fully love someone. Even tho they want to. We wanted to make something uplifting that captures that feeling of being afraid to take the leap & trust, being afraid of being hurt or feeling like you won’t be enough for that person … but also how it feels to have a crippling crush on someone.”
Back in March, Social House spoke about working with Grande on the Thank U, Next album, saying that their collaborations were “organic.”
“We were all sitting together, just talking about what was going on in life, and how everybody felt. And Ari gave us the direction, and told us how she wanted to do things, and what [song ideas] she wanted to do,” Scootie told Songwriter Universe.
“At the time, me and Mikey went over to the production room and started making ideas. We put together some chords and stuff, and then we played it for Ari, and she was like, ‘Yes’ (laughs). And we all went to work writing it.”
Watch and Listen: “Boyfriend” from Ariana Grande and Social House below.