"Honey. It's time to let this one go. He's not going to change and he is in for a lifetime of trouble. You can't save him and the truth be told, you're going to end up dead or in jail if you keep messing with this guy. It's better to be alone than in bad company."
Those who listen and act on idle gossip are in some ways worse than the person spreading it. Insecure people follow the crowd, they don't have the ability to think for themselves and should therefore be avoided. You don't want to be associated with obsequious pions willing to conform to the ideals of morons.
My whole life I have attracted needy people who do nothing more than drain my precious energy. Having this spirit of always wanting to help or take care of people led me attract strays. We are all like this in some ways, especially if we are givers. Givers by nature attract takers, so we must be super careful to make sure that we don't allow toxic people to slip in under the radar because we are so blinded by our need to help or save them.