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Kristen Doute's "I'm an Empath" Quote Inspired Our Latest Merch Drop (And It's Under $25)

If, like The Valley cast member, you're finding it hard to be an empath right now, you're not alone.

By Sophy Ziss

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In Season 1, Episode 5 of The ValleyKristen Doute dropped a quote that warranted quite a reaction from her fellow cast members and the internet alike. "It's so hard being an empath," she said during a tense moment with the friend group. Of course, we had to create some Bravo-exclusive merch inspired by the moment, which you can shop below. 

By the way, it was announced on May 9 that The Valley will be renewed for a second season, which means our brand new "I'm an empath like Kristen Doute" shirt is exactly what fans need to tide them over until new episodes premiere. If you need a refresher on how the quote came to be, that's what we're here for. 

In Episode 5, Nia Booko organized a paint and sip event to bring the ladies of the group together. Her guests included Kristen, Brittany Cartwright, Janet Caperna, Jasmine Goode, and Michelle Saniei Lally. When the women were asked to set a goal for the art session, Kristen explained that she was hoping to manifest calmness. 

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Kristen Doute smiling and talking in an interview.

"My intention for this day specifically is peace," said the t-shirt brand owner, adding "I feel like there have been issues, and frustrations, and a lack of trust."

She continued, "I think my biggest thing is that I think we can all be a little more empathetic, which is what I try to lead with. I cannot help but feel every single person's feelings when I'm in a room, and then I take it home with me."

Kristen elaborated in her confessional, "It's so hard to be an empath," because "I want to fix everyone's problems, I want to involve myself because I just think that I can, because I'm a good person."

In their individual confessionals, Brittany, Janet, and Jasmine were skeptical of Kristen's claim. But if you, too, identify as an empath who can't help but get involved when tensions escalate between your friends, say it loudly and proudly with this shirt.

Shop the Kristen Doute-inspired "I'm an empath" shirt

Need more The Valley in your life ahead of Season 2? Grab exclusive Bravo merch inspired by Brittany's iconic "rawt in hail" quote or the famous Jax Taylor "number one guy in this group" moment. Or both!

Catch up on The Valley Season 1 on Peacock.

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