They seldom come out and say what’s on their mind unless they feel trapped, and then they assume victimisation, or the martyr-complex …or come out in a vicious rage that makes people think twice before ever confronting them again.
And there’s the key; gossips operate from a fear-based position. They fear honesty and openness.
Ironically, they also fear of being judged for the weak people they actually are, and rather than owning and healing this they avoid healthy confrontations that would otherwise promote personal mental health and trusting relationships.
Gossips are people who will never be a true friend, because they will never value your care and integrity if you question/challenge their motives, ideas or conclusions.