Gossip is gossip, no matter how nice you try to make it look. Gossip is harmful, destructive and has no redeeming qualities.
not if they have it on paper and report it to the authorities ^^
no because your friend didn't say what the gossip was , but it would make me feel a bit more popular
still if it was to someone else then it would be gossip but since its to you guess that makes it just useful information