"The song is not necessarily about a specific personal experience, but rather the general feelings of mental anguish, anxiety and confusion. I wanted to record the song because I felt that listeners would be able to relate to the subject matter." - Rihanna
"It's fun being creative and even if you have a concept in your head to write about, you can write it and give it to someone else because it might not personally fit you, but it might be an idea you have." - Chris Brown (songwriter)
"It was the first time that Rihanna actually came to me and said, 'Here's the song I want to put out.' She played me the song. That was her taking control, even on her last album. She understands what hits are, and she knows what she wants to say. She's at that place where she can do it." - L.A. Reid (record executive)
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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