Mumbai: After being accused of ‘lying’ about being poor and having no access to cars while in school, actress Parineeti Chopra said her statement about her family not having enough money has been misconstrued due to which the essence of what she was trying to convey got lost.

During an event with actor Akshay Kumar on May 21, Parineeti shared her childhood struggles saying that her family was poor and could not afford a car for her to go to the school. Thus, she used to ride a cycle to school every day and became a victim of eve-teasing.

However, Parineeti's statement was slammed on social media by a few of her "schoolmates" who claimed that the actress was "lying".

"Hi everyone. I think what I said at a martial arts event a few days ago has been misconstrued in some places, so I would like to take a moment and clarify what I meant," Parineeti tweeted on Tuesday.

She said when she was studying in Ambala, she and her brothers didn't have access to a car and driver to take them to school. So, the boys took the bus and she rode a bicycle.

Her father followed close behind to ensure she reached school safely.

"My dad did have a car that he used for his office work but we kids did not use it for school travel. As a child, I hated going on a cycle, but today I understand that he was doing it to make me independent and keep me safe."

She said somehow the entire episode got "misconstrued, about something very irrelevant about me having a car or not."

(With IANS inputs)