“Kiwi” is about Harry’s relationship with an unidentified person. The song also addresses false rumors and how his relationship with fame drives him crazy even though he kind of loves it still.
When Harry was announced as the guest host for Saturday Night Live on April 15, 2017, it was also announced he would perform first single “Sign of the Times” and another song from his debut solo album.
Fans assumed it was “Kiwi”. He even handed out slices of kiwi fruit to promote his appearance. However, it turned out it to be a shortened version of “Ever Since New York”.
In a May 12 interview with BBC Radio 1, Harry explained the song:
It started out as a joke, now it’s one of my favorite songs. It’s one of the first ones I wrote for the album, when I was getting out a lot of energy. I hadn’t written in a long time and this is what came out of it.