Well no - you don’t exactly get the recovery email address. You get an email address with two letters and rest blocked out *************** and you get even that only if that date for account creation is correct. Plus this recovery email address is useful only for answering the question of What is your recovery email address? IF you have in the first place provided the correct PW for the gmail, or if you have access to that recovery email address to go through the lost password process. Basically - gmail makes it seem like they are accepting your answers and will help you regain access but at the end of the process they almost always respond with “You’ll have to find another way to access your account” and deny you access. One way hackers gain access to your email is after they’ve somehow obtained your PW from massive hacks of email servers done by overseas hackers who then publish or sell the passwords.