McLisse: The Love Story of Elisse Joson and McCoy de Leon

by Michelle Licup
Nov 9, 2021
McCoy De Leon and Elisse Joson popularly known by their couple Mclisse
McLisse, the portmanteau of McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson, first met on the set of Be Careful With My Heart, but became an item inside the Pinoy Big Brother House in 2016.

Elisse Joson and McCoy de Leon, dubbed McLisse, are among the popular couples in showbiz these days, especially after they came out about their baby girl.

Elisse and McCoy first met on the set of the ABS-CBN hit daytime series Be Careful With My Heart, but their romance bloomed inside Bahay ni Kuya in 2016.

The Birth of McLisse in PBB

mccoy de leon and elisse joson in PBB

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The McLisse love team started in Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season 7, which kicked off in Vietnam on July 11, 2016.

It can be said that the chemistry between them was there from the start.

As the show progressed, so did their attachment to each other grow stronger.

Both were expressive of their feelings, especially McCoy.

In one of his tweets in the same year, he posted a solo photo of Elisse with the caption, “Maswerte ako dahil nakilala ko siya, masaya ako dahil napapangiti ko siya at higit sa lahat kaya ko ipagmalaki sa harap ng maraming tao :)”.

Post-PBB, McCoy and Elisse moved on to do multiple projects together as Kapamilya artists and a love team.

Still, neither of them confirmed what was in the minds of everyone: Were they now an item?

All that McCoy would admit was his interest to court Elisse.

That was in 2017 when he said, "Siyempre may mga bagay dapat yung tamang way… yung blessing po ng magulang, ganoon po.

"Kasi sa panahon ngayon, may mga text, may Facebok, tapos sila na, pangit naman po yun. Sabihin nating pinapahalagahan ko talaga siya."

mccoy de leon and elisse joson in ABS-CBN Hallway

Because of McCoy's vague statement, netizens began to speculate that they were just playing to their audience.

They claimed Elisse and McCoy were only using each other to attract followers and boost their careers.

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To this, Elisse reacted, “Siguro yun yung nakikita ng mga tao, na we’re just being ourselves. Kung paano kami on-cam, ganun din kami off-cam.

"Kahit may mga nagdududa sa closeness namin ni McCoy, sa tingin ko wala na kaming dapat i-prove.

"Kasi the way we act around each other is how we normally are.

"Kahit wala kami sa ABS, kahit wala kaming work, kapag may time, nagkikita pa rin kaming dalawa."

As the saying goes, there is no such thing as bad publicity. In fact, Elisse and McCoy went on to their first movie together.

Also, during her guesting in one episode of Gandang Gabi Vice, Elissed did a complete turnaround and finally let it slip that, indeed, McCoy was her boyfriend.

When host Vice Ganda asked her to tell more, Elisse simply said that her feelings for McCoy were already a given.

The Breakup

Elisse Joson and McCoy de Leon in the Good Son presscon

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In 2018, there were indications of trouble in paradise when McCoy unfollowed Elisse on Instagram.

Her reaction was cryptic, “Yun nga rin, hindi ko rin naiintindihan actually yung nangyaring yun."

But despite their relatioship issues, they continued to appear in TV and movie projects. It was not until 2019 that the two eventually broke up.

The Reconciliation

On August 30, 2020, celebrity friends and loyal fans of McLisse were pleasantly surprised to see Elisse and McCoy getting back together.

They learned about it through a photo on McCoy's Instagram that showed him kissing Elisse on the forehead, with this caption: "Always all ways."

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They appeared to be in a romantic cruise, delighting their fans even more—with so many of them leaving cheerful comments on McCoy's post.

In June 2021, the couple confirmed that, yes, they were together again.

and baby makes three

Elisse Joson and McCoy de Leon with baby Felize

On October 31, 2021, Elisse and McCoy appeared on Pinoy Big Brother: Kumunity Season 10 and made about their baby known by asking Kuya to be a godparent of their daughter, Felize McKenzie.

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Right after their announcement, Elisse took to Instagram to express her love for their daughter and how lucky she was to have McCoy in her life.

Her message also mentioned that the start of their journey was not a walk in the park.

She wrote, "Life was uncertain before you came. I didn't know which path to take, the choices to make. I didn't know what to be, what I want to be...Now, nothing is clearer to me than to be the best me, to be the best mommy, for you."


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In his own post, McCoy affirmed, "Binigay ka ng Diyos hindi lang isang regalo, binigay ka rin niya dahil binigyan mo kami ng pag-asa ng nanay mo. Nagtuloy-tuloy ang pagsasamahan namin dahil sa iyo..."

Putting out a photo of Elisse with their baby, he also said in the caption, "At sa aking mag ina, Hindi man ako perpekto bilang ama o asawa pero gagawin kong perpekto ang pagmamahal ko para sa inyo."

Fans gasped at the word "asawa." Have they gotten married?

But, surely, all that matters to the fans of McCoy and Elisse who have stood by them all these years is their happy ending, married or not.

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McLisse, the portmanteau of McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson, first met on the set of Be Careful With My Heart, but became an item inside the Pinoy Big Brother House in 2016.
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